Thursday, October 14, 2010

New HOT Gourd for Halloween

 Hi all,
I've just completed this fun new face of flames gourd for this Halloween.  This design was carved out using my new Mastercarver Combo.  I just LOVE this tool.  It makes quick work when you want to cut out shapes.

A few added painted flames for the outside and he's complete.

 I have wired him using a 6 foot cord with flicker flame bulb.  He's a spooky guy!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Silly Face for Halloween

Well isn't this guy just cute as can be?  I just loved his face when I finished him.  He just makes you feel good.

I decided to make him simple with some dry brushed cheeks and a basic smile.  I wanted his nose to be 3D so I used black polymer clay and added some nostrils.  He's just a cutie.

I also added some black spatter paint for a bit of an aged look.  He has just been listed in my Etsy shop.  If you would like to own him click here.

Have a super weekend everyone,

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pumpkin Kettle Gourd

Hi everyone!
I've been busy creating again :-)

I used my burnt orange gourd ink again on this little gourd. I looked at this gourd on the shelf and I thought it looked like a cute pumpkin so I dyed it a complimentary color of fall and then added some nice purple and white roses and buds. A few leaves and vines around here and there for a nice decorative touch.

It would make a great accent to any fall arrangement in the home or a centerpiece for parties and dinners during the autumn season.

I will be making some whimsical faces too but I wanted a nice simple but elegant touch for the upcoming season. I just love it!

This is a pic of the back side.
Thanks so much for checking in....


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Here it Southwestern beaded gourd

Sorry everyone.....I've been a bad bad blogger :-(

I had completed this gourd a week ago but just didn't get an opportunity to update an entry here with some pics. I really like how this birdhouse came out and it was fun to create.

I hand strung the beads in and out of small holes that I drilled around the entrance hole to the house. I then painted a simple wooden vine and leaves to compliment the colors of the beads.

A touch of raffia on the hanger...

This is the center back of the gourd in this picture.

Just a closer view of the painted vines and leaves.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm working on a pumpkin face next. Fall is just around the corner!!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hi Everyone....Happy Wednesday!

Below is a little tease of the new gourd I'm working on. It has a variety of beads hand strung including turquoise. It's turning out pretty great....come back and visit for the final reveal :-)


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Thatched Roof Gourd Birdhouse

Hi everyone!
I've been working pretty hard in my craft room creating a few new gourd birdhouses out of my kettle gourds. I decided I wanted to make a house with a nice thatched roof look so this is my final product.

I used the berry gourd ink dye on this gourd and just love it. The color is very pretty but still soft and lets the natural gourd coloring show through. I can't wait to use the other colors expecially the orange for fall!

I added a few iridescent matte beads around the roof peak by hand sewing each one on. Just love the added touch!

This roof is made with cocoa's very moldable and thick. It's fun to work with too.

Thanks for looking. I'll be back soon with more gourds and some fun fall pattern too!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gourd Ink Dyes and Pigment Powders

I have been quite busy lately helping my husband build a privacy fence for our backyard so I have been a bad blogger. I hope to be a little more productive within the next 2 months by posting some new gourd creations.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few new purchases with you. I have wanted to use gourd ink dyes for quite a while now but just haven't made the purchase. Well since I love the earthy rustic look of some of the fall colors I decided to make an order of some Gourd Master products. Wow these are just wonderful colors. There are so many to choose from I wanted them all!

The colors of the pigments powder here are: Spring Green, Red Russet, Antique Bronze and Pumpkin Orange. I also chose the folowing ink dyes: Sage, Berry, Blue Denim, Sienna and Deep Orange. You can put the pigment powders over the inks for a beautiful metallic luster. I also am trying the Protecting Wax instead of the spar varnish for a more muted rustic feel.

Please check back for pics of projects I have created with my new goodies!